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Global Health Studies Minor

Minors in global health will gain the knowledge and skills to enable them to be competitive for:

  • jobs in global health/public health organizations
  • graduate work in public health, medicine, community development, and allied fields

Understanding and developing solutions in global health requires collaboration across disciplines. The Global Health Minor is an interdisciplinary learning experience involving faculty from:

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture & Interior Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Entrepeneurship
  • Geology & Environmental Earth Science
  • Gerontology
  • Kinesiology & Health
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Statistics
  • Theatre

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the minor students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the complexity and ethical dilemmas of global health and identify, integrate, and assess knowledge from multiple disciplines to thoroughly describe global health problems.
    (GHS 101; also GHS 201, GHS 301, GHS 477 or ATH 448)
  2. Recognize high quality research methods, evaluate the validity of global health related data, and design methods for examining a global health question or problem.
    (GHS 201 or alternative methods course, GHS 401, ATH 448)
  3. Develop strong team work skills with the ability to negotiate group-based dynamics during interdisciplinary team projects and presentations.
    (GHS 201, GHS 301, GHS 491)
  4. Develop team writing and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively in various formats.
    (GHS 201, GHS 301, GHS 401, ATH 448 or GHS 477)
  5. Develop skills in building networks of consultants, mentors, and/or collaborators associated with global health.
    (GHS 301, GHS 401, GHS 477 or GHS 491)
  6. Engage in a formative global health immersion experience to gain in-depth understanding of the complexities of global health problems.
    (GHS 401)
  7. Write a global health research thesis or a global health grant proposal.
    (GHS 477 or ATH 448)

Course Requirements

GHS Advisors

Cameron Hay-RollinsDr. Cameron Hay-Rollins, Professor of Anthropology is the Coordinator for Global Health Studies (GHS). She welcomes any question you might have about the minor and can enroll you in the minor. For further information, please contact:

Dr. Cameron Hay-Rollins
Coordinator, Global Health Studies
120C Upham Hall
(513) 529-9242

Paul FlaspohlerDr. Paul Flaspohler is the Global Health Experience Advisor who teaches GHS 401 and chairs the committee for off-campus:

Dr. Paul Flaspohler
Global Health Experience Advisor (GHS 401)
Department of Psychology
212 Psychology Building
(513) 529-2469

Global Health Experience (GHS 401) Application

The Global Health Experience (GH Experience) is designed to provide GHS students with the opportunity to illuminate global health concerns through engagement in off-campus activities that are relevant to Global Health topics. Students must have a proposal approved by the GH Experience committee.

What's included in the Proposal

The proposal should include the following elements in a cover page:



In a brief (no more than 5 pages) paper, please provide an overview of your proposed immersion experience. Specifically address how this immersion experience will contribute to enhancing your understanding of global health. The proposal should include a preliminary summary of relevant literature regarding one or more relevant global health topics that may be relevant to the location of your GH Experience.

Developing your Proposal

The following questions may be useful in developing your proposal. You should plan to meet with your GH Experience supervisor and you should feel free to consult with Dr. Flaspohler ( as you develop this proposal.

  • What is your global health focus (primary interest) and what do you want to learn about global health from your immersion experience?
  • What will you do during your experience? Provide an estimate of how much time you will devote to each of those activities.
  • To what extent will your learning in the proposed immersion experience require engagement with an organization or community?
  • How or on what terms will you engage with that organization or community?
  • How do you expect to benefit from that engagement?
  • How do you expect that organization or community to benefit from your engagement (if at all)?
  • There are expectations that your learning during your immersion experience will be used for your later presentation/poster at the Undergraduate Research Forum. This will be a way for you to demonstrate understanding of a global health process or situation relevant to that local community or organization. What questions do you have about global health, this organization, or the community that might provide the basis for your formative inquiry?
  • What do you anticipate learning from your overall immersion experience?

NOTE: You are not expected to engage in research during your GH Experience, however if, in consultation with your global health faculty supervisor, you decide to engage in research activities, you need to demonstrate CITI certification and IRB approval prior to submitting your GH Experience application to the committee.